EB13: 2014 NeilPryde Zephyr Endurance Road Bike Bends Norms for a Comfy Ride

2014 NeilPryde Zephyr endurance road bike

The NeilPryde Zephyr is their new endurance race bike. It uses the same top-level carbon as the Alize, but with more relaxed geometry -longer wheelbase, shorter top tube, slightly slacker head angle- and a taller head tube to put you in a more upright position.

The frame uses PFBB30, all carbon headset cups and is designed around a 27.2 seatpost. It’s mechanical and electronic drivetrain compatible, and clearance for 700×28 tires help it check off all the right boxes for a modern gran fondo style bicycle. But what makes it special?

2014 NeilPryde Zephyr endurance road bike

The seatstays get a special layup that couples with a cantilevered rear axle design to provide good vertical flex characteristics. They used more carbon on the backs of the seatstays than the front. The thinner walls of the front assists in making them flex to give the desired ride feel.

2014 NeilPryde Zephyr endurance road bike

Then, they flow into an extended seat tube to amplify the effect.

2014 NeilPryde Zephyr endurance road bike

The fork is similarly shaped to provide a bit of fore/aft flex.

2014 NeilPryde Zephyr endurance road bike frameset

The complete bike comes with Ultegra and white paint. The frameset, which includes a carbon 27.2 seatpost, fork and headset, gets this sweet black paint scheme with lime and white accents.

Frame weight is around 960g for a small, large is around 1020g. Retail is $2,595 for the frameset and $3,695 complete. Wheels are Shimano RS31 wheels and Vittoria tires. Seriously – $1,100 more gets you a complete Ultegra group and all the rest. Just not that sweet black/lime paint scheme.

(Note: the build in this post was just to showcase products carried by their German distributor and isn’t sold as shown)

Comments

Mindless - 09/05/13 - 12:33pm

Needs disk brakes.

Ck - 09/05/13 - 1:09pm

I’m really liking the paint schemes on these bikes.

Ripnshread - 09/05/13 - 2:10pm

Nice to see they only have a Target logo on the front now. Looks a lot less discount chain-y.

This one guy.... - 09/05/13 - 5:35pm

Target is where that bike belongs…..

Stew Pot - 09/06/13 - 1:05am

Any truth to the rumor that UHC is going elsewhere for their team bikes in 2014?

Omar Shariff - 09/06/13 - 9:56am

@ Stew Pot: It is very possible that UHC will be on a new bike for next year. Look at their sponsor history, they are on a different bike every 2 seasons or so. They change bikes a lot.

Ajax - 09/06/13 - 6:34pm

How much?! Uhhh, no thanks. I could buy a Colnago, Pinarello, Specialized, or any number of trusted brands before I plunk down eight grand for some no-name bike with a fork that flexes.

tony - 09/07/13 - 12:55am

“No-name” is a a little off, if you look at who Neil Pryde is, what they own and what they have done over the years, you will know they are a solid reputable company.

http://www.pryde-group.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=85

I’m pretty sure they were using the “target logo” before I ever saw a Target store, but I live in Canada and Target is new to us, so I could be wrong on that.

That said, the product is unproven, so I would be cautious. But brands that came along over the last bunch of years like Cervelo, Felt, etc… were unproven when they started too.

professed - 09/30/13 - 3:54am

The NP machines are as good as any of the above mentioned asian made frames.

The hang up people have on just brand i would consider embarrassing.

SP have been around for some time. Warranty claim I know is close to zero. And you think that is uproven? Have a look at Specialized and Cannondale’s warranty departments – flat out working overtime !

Mark - 10/03/13 - 9:51pm

I bought an Alize frame more than two years ago and built it up with the gear I liked. This bike has been the best bike I’ve ever had. Light, extremely stiff, aero, comfortable and well made. Neil Pryde sailing gear is top quality and my frame has been no different. NP was producing carbon spars in the sailing field when we were all thinking aluminium frames were the next best thing.

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